Tiit Tonuri affirms status as an Aussie during Cowra celebrations

Tiit Tonuri.
Tiit Tonuri.

Cowra resident Tiit Tonuri, a retired Lieutenant Colonel affirmed his Australian Citizenship as part of the town's Australia Day ceremonies at the civic centre on Sunday morning.

Despite being in Australia since 1950 Tiit had not been naturalised.

"We arrived in Australia in 1950," Tiit said.

"When my parents were naturalised, I was excluded as I had turned 16 during the drawn out process.

"I had to start all over again to obtain citizenship in my own right.

"Being a teenager, the whole process, and in particular the Naturalisation Ceremony, went over my head.

"I have no memory of the occasion, all I have is the Naturalisation Certification.

"I now observe the joy and jubilation and emotion displayed by our newest citizens as they embrace their new nationality.

"Today I share that pride by publically affirming my Australian citizenship.

"Thank you Australia," a very proud Tiit said before the packed civic centre.